"This purchase is personal and is not related to Chateau Talbot," said Thierry Rustmann, who is coproprietor of Talbot with his wife, Lorraine Cordier, and her sister, Nancy Bignon. (The Cordier family has owned Talbot for most of this century, and the estate was passed on to the two sisters in 1993 when their father, Jean Cordier, died.) "Senejac is a beautiful property with a good terroir, and we have always loved the wines," he explained.
Senejac produces both red and white wine, a rarity for the Medoc. Although the property covers some 370 acres, only about 75 acres are planted to vineyards, consisting of 60 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 percent Merlot, 8 percent Cabernet Franc and 2 percent Petit Verdot. Four acres of the estate are planted to white grape varieties -- 60 percent Sauvignon Blanc and 40 percent Semillon -- used to make Blanc de Chateau Senejac.
Senejac currently produces about 10,000 cases per year, and Rustmann said that he hopes to expand the production of its red wine by increasing the vineyard's size by up to 50 acres. "We also need to modernize the cellars and to be more selective during the harvest," he said. "The vines are in good shape, but they are a little too productive. We need to lower the yields."
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